This is the sad truth. If you import the Third World, your nation will become the Third World. We’ve seen it across Europe and we’re seeing it in America.
It’s simply what happens when you either allow millions of Third-Worlders to invade your country or bring them in wholesale as “refugees.” They don’t want to become part of America and they bring their many, many incompatible cultural norms with them with no plans whatsoever to change. And, worse for Americans, we don’t have refugee camps like Europe does, so these foreigners are dumped into our population, swamping our infrastructure and support services as well as putting our people in danger.
The above, however, does not mean I advocate eliminating all immigration, nor that I want immigration limited to only people from other First World nations. But I do believe we need higher bars on immigrants and that these immigrants must be required to be “Good Immigrants.” I believe that approaching all forms of immigration should be done via an “America First” ideal.
President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt summed up how American immigration should be handled in 1894 and nothing’s changed since then… because right and wrong and wise and foolish don’t change.
The mighty tide of immigration to our shores has brought in its train much of good and much of evil; and whether the good or the evil shall predominate depends mainly on whether these newcomers do or do not throw themselves heartily into our national life, cease to be Europeans, and become Americans like the rest of us. More than a third of the people of the Northern States are of foreign birth or parentage. An immense number of them have become completely Americanized, and these stand on exactly the same plane as the descendants of any Puritan, Cavalier, or Knickerbocker among us, and do their full and honorable share of the nation’s work. But where immigrants, or the sons of immigrants, do not heartily and in good faith throw in their lot with us, but cling to the speech, the customs, the ways of life, and the habits of thought of the Old World which they have left, they thereby harm both themselves and us. If they remain alien elements, unassimilated, and with interests separate from ours, they are mere obstructions to the current of our national life, and, moreover, can get no good from it themselves. In fact, though we ourselves also suffer from their perversity, it is they who really suffer most. It is an immense benefit to the European immigrant to change him into an American citizen.
It is urgently necessary to check and regulate our immigration, by much more drastic laws than now exist; and this should be done both to keep out laborers who tend to depress the labor market, and to keep out races which do not assimilate readily with our own, and unworthy individuals of all races – not only criminals, idiots, and paupers, but anarchists. From his own standpoint, it is beyond all question the wise thing for the immigrant to become thoroughly Americanized. Moreover, from our standpoint, we have a right to demand it. We freely extend the hand of welcome and of good-fellowship to every man, no matter what his creed or birthplace, who comes here honestly intent on becoming a good United States citizen like the rest of us; but we have a right, and it is our duty, to demand that he shall indeed become so and shall not confuse the issues with which we are struggling by introducing among us Old-World quarrels and prejudices. There are certain ideas which he must give up. For instance, he must learn that American life is incompatible with the existence of any form of anarchy.— Theodore Roosevelt
“True Americanism,” The Forum Magazine (April 1894)
I will point out though, that Roosevelt’s primary concerns were over the sloth and tendency towards outright anarchism of certain European immigrants, especially the Irish. Still, his beliefs hold true as the course of wisdom even – perhaps more so – when scope of immigrants extends to the whole of the world, with its many cultures, many of which are antithetical to America’s culture and social norms.
We don’t need immigrants that just bring their problems and problematical mores with them, and we shouldn’t tolerate their being here. We neither need nor should accept foreigners into our land who just want our money and not to become Americans themselves.
But, I also am not heartless; nor do I advocate completely heartless immigration reform. I do think that we need to set the bar much lower for women, especially women with children. The West in general, and America in particular is far better for them than most places they’d be coming from and I’m sanguine with turning them away as a normal course of action. Many of them are truly fleeing real atrocities and, while we have no duty to shelter them, doing so is a charity we can afford.
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